Alfred Lawson Brown

Biography of Alfred Lawson Brown

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A L Brown

Alfred Lawson Brown was a graduate of the University who was Titular Professor of Medieval History at the University from 1973 until 1978, when he succeeded Professor Lionel Stones to the Edwards Chair of Medieval History. With Professor Michael Moss he wrote The University of Glasgow: 1451-1996. Brown was Vice-Principal, 1985 to 1990.

Brown studied at the University, graduating MA with first class honours in 1948, and served in the RAF before going to Balliol College, Oxford as a College Exhibitioner and with the Eglinton Fellowship. He was awarded the degree of D Phil in 1955, four years after his return to Glasgow as a lecturer. His particular research interests lay in the study of the history of English government in the 14th and 15th centuries.

A faithful Catholic, Brown was the University-nominated Governor of St Andrew's College of Education and he was involved in negotiating the move from college to University Faculty of Education. After his retirement, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow until 2003.


Alfred Lawson Brown

Born 1927, Carmyle, Scotland.
Died 28 August 2006.
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor, Vice-Principal
GU Degree: MA, 1948;
Occupation categories: historians
Record last updated: 13th Jun 2008

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